Iron Maiden’s aeroplane damaged in airport collision

The airliner “Ed Force One” used by British rock band Iron Maiden was damaged in an accident Saturday at an airport in Chile, the band said.

The Boeing 747 was being towed to be refueled at Santiago's Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport but the pin connecting the tow truck to the plane fell out and the plane collided with the ground tug on a turn.

“The flight engineers are on site and evaluating the damage, but their initial report is that the engines have suffered large damage and will require an extended period of maintenance and possibly two new engines,” a statement on the band’s website said.

Two tug operators were injured in the accident.

The plane is named after Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie.

The accident would not affect the group’s next gigs in Cordoba and Buenos Aires in Argentina, the website said.

Last update: Sun, 13/03/2016 - 09:31

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